October 17, 2011

Houston M. Taylor

Staff Sgt. Houston M. Taylor, age 25, of Hurst, Texas, died on October 13, 2011, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

He was originally from Portsmouth, Virginia.  

Houston is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his mother, Renee Cremean; his father, Shawn Taylor; his wife, Kelsey Rae Taylor; his children - son Rylan, age 4 and his daughter Avery, age 1; his brothers Austin and Dallas and his grandmother, Mary Cremean.

He was deployed twice prior to arriving at Schofield for his assignment as a Section Leader for the Brigade Focused Targeting Force on March 1, 2010.

Father, place Houston
on the stairway to Heaven.
Staff Sgt. Taylor’s received several awards and decorations, including: the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Military officials describe Houston as a warrior, who was fighting for a cause that he truly believed in.  He is also described as a great leader. 

Family members describe Houston as a very good dad to his children, strong and that he did what he had to do. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Houston M. Taylor is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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